Triumph for human spirit

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WHEN Layton Holmes was born four years ago, his mum Natalie Lorryman was given some devastating news.

She was told he was suffering from cerebral palsy brought on by water on the brain and that he would never walk or talk. Understandably, Natalie was deeply shocked at the thought he would be disabled for the rest of his life.

But thanks to the determination of both mother and child, and the efforts of doctors and staff at Norfolk Park Special School, brave Layton is defying all initial expectations.

He has started to form sentences and can even stand on his own two feet. Today Natalie tells of her immense pride in her son, and how - following his initial diagnosis - she resolved to create a better future for him.

Layton’s story is a testament to the human spirit and the huge improvements that can be made in disabled children with the correct treatment, therapy and support.

We hope he continues to make such magnificent progress throughout 2013.

Europe is still an important market

THIS year is only a week old and already we have seen two double European triumphs for Rotherham companies.

Last week, we reported on a centuries-old family firm that makes products used in applications as varied as stained glass windows and radiation shielding, that had broken into markets in four EU states.

Today, it is a company in a business at the other end of the spectrum, making wedding stationery, that has, in just one year since it was founded, successfully gained a foothold in one EU state and is now targeting three more.

Their successes also reflect the success of Rotherham Investment and Development Office and the European Union-funded scheme “Soft Landing” programme.

It all goes to show just how important a market Europe remains, despite the recession and the problems of the Euro, and that South Yorkshire firms are continuing to tap in to key European aid schemes, long after the EU-funded Objective 1 programme has completed its work.

A cut too far?

WILL we miss a dedicated police helicopter for South Yorkshire when the service is axed in April?

The fact that it was directly responsible for officers on the ground making 255 arrests suggests so. We will monitor its replacement, the national helicopter service, with interest.